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AQUATIC MEDICINE

Did you know there are more pet fish in the world than pet dogs and cats?

These exotic patients need to be cared for just like your average pet. Lack of fish clients are not necessarily due to lack of demand for veterinary care, but an inability to find a veterinarian who cares for fish. Aquatic medicine deals with the treatment of a diversity of species such as finfish, crustaceans, molluscs, marine mammals, seafood safety, public health, epidemiology, aquaculture, and even public aquariums.

Allandale Veterinary Hospital has the ability for perform digital x-rays, ultrasound, and even surgical procedures on your pet fish, whether it be a tiny betta fish or a large koi fish. We also treat saltwater fish too! We have a mobile service to perform other diagnostics such as gill and fin sampling as well as low risk surgical procedures at your house.

Pet

Quantity (million)

Freshwater fish

142

Cats

88.3

Dogs

74.8

Small animals

24.3

Birds

16

Horses

13.8

Reptiles

13.4

Saltwater fish

9.6

How do you give medications to your fish? Here at Allandale, we get medications in the pure form with no additives. These medications can be administered orally, as a bath in the water, and some as an injection.

If you are interested in caring for a fish and have a few questions about proper health and care, feel free to contact Dr. Manesis who has been caring for both saltwater and freshwater fish since a child.


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